Chicken Cordon Bye Bye Blue


Okay so I made chicken cordon blue today but had to prepare it ahead of time because of our busy schedule and it came out delish. I had made it before but this time I did it a little different just to give it a little zip.

The problem is that we ate it so fast I forgot to take a “pretty” blog pic to post with the recipe. So the pic I posted was of my sons next to last piece before it disappeared.

My whole philosophy on cooking is that it isn’t an exact science. Yes, to some degree you have to follow the amount of ingredients and preparation but there is room for adding a little pizzazz here and there. One mistake I’ve made in the past is don’t over due it on the salt. Use your other salt free spices and be creative!

Here are the ingredients and the prep which took me about 10 to 15 minutes total.

Chicken Cordon Bye Bye Blue

~ 2 lbs. chicken breast (de-fatted, sliced thin and long)

~ Virginia Baked Ham, 1 slice per piece of chicken

~ Swiss cheese, any kind 1 slice per piece of chicken

1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs

salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder about 4 shakes of each on top of the rolled chicken cordon blue pieces

Cream Sauce

3/4 quarter stick of butter

1/3 cup of flour

1 cup of 2% milk

1/4 parmesan cheese

2 tsp. spicy brown mustard

1/3 cup of Honey Mustard dipping sauce/dressing

salt, pepper, onion powder to taste

Roll pieces of chicken with one slice of ham and one slice of Swiss cheese. Hold each piece with a tooth pick or two if needed. Put a few shakes of salt, pepper, and onion powder on each piece.

Drizzle bread crumbs on top of each piece to coat lightly.

Sauce/Gravy Preparation

Melt butter and then add flour to make a roux. Add milk slowly and stir until you see a smooth consistency.

Add mustard and honey mustard.

Add salt, pepper, onion powder.

Preheat oven to 350

Cover chicken pieces with gravy. Cook 45 minutes on 350. Voila!

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Simple asparagus


This recipe is so simple and taste amazing that even my boyfriend who is an asparagus hater lol asks for this dish from time to time.

All you need is:

  • 1 lb of asparagus
  • 2 to 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp of feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Remember there is no exact science to some recipes so you can give or take on these ingredients based on your liking.

Lay asparagus in your pan and drizzle olive oil throughout. I live to move the asparagus around to get all the stalks moist. Then top the asparagus with the remaining ingredients.

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Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 20 mins.

Honestly it’s so good I could eat the whole dish myself. If you don’t like feta cheese then just omit and it’ll taste just as good!

Best Meatballs Ever


My thing is, I like to take bits and pieces of recipes and give them my own touch. I’ll call this one Gia’s Meatballs. They came out so moist and had such a great flavor to them. Ok listen, here is the deal, I always give or take some of these ingredients. To me cooking is not an exact science and sometimes I don’t always have all of these ingredients in my cupboard. So you can play around with it until you master it yourself.

1 lb ground beef (80% lean meat)

1 chopped green bell pepper

1 chopped Vidalia onion

2 tbsp of minced garlic

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp each of onion and garlic powder

1 1/2 tbsp basil

1 tbsp parsley

1 tbsp oregano

1 cup of bread crumbs

2 eggs

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I usually put some of the meatballs right into my sauce for flavor and then I pan fry the rest but this time I baked them in the oven and they happen to come out a lot juicier and they weren’t fried in grease.

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Homemade quick and easy lasagna


Okay here it goes my recipe for quick and easy homemade lasagna. I am no chef but I must say my cooking isn’t all that bad. I have a very busy schedule and really don’t have the time to go all out on making big dinners so I like to whip up good belly sticking homemade full your tummy meals. On the menu tonight was lasagna.

Just keep in mind, I always season to taste. I actually think that is my whole motto in life. I season to taste just about everything I do!

Homemade Quick and Easy Lasagna

Lasagna Filling

1 lb. Ground Beef

1 lb. Sweet Sausage

12 pkg. of fresh chopped mushrooms

1  onion chopped yellow onion

16 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

16 oz Whole milk ricotta cheese

1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp onion powder

1/2 tsp

1/2 tsp pepper

9 cooked lasagna noodles(perfect fit for an 8×12 pan)

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Brown ground beef and sausage and drain

Saute mushrooms and onion(I usually melt 1 tbsp of butter in the bottom of the pan)

Mix all cheeses, eggs, and spices – set aside

Quick Sauce

The sauce is something you can actually make ahead of time or if you are in a real rush buy a jar of Ragu traditional and 3 – 32 oz cans of crushed tomatoes, add all together and let cook about 1 hour and half before time. I like to brown some garlic on the bottom before adding the jar and cans of sauce. What really gives it a good flavor is about 3/4 of a cup of parmesan cheese. Kid you not it adds a lot of flavor.

Directions

Layer the bottom of your pan with 3 lasagna noodles.

Spread cheese mixture on top. We like it cheesy so I usually add extra shredded mozzarella on top of the cheese mixture as well.

Spread browned meat/mushroom, onion mix next.

Dribble sauce on top of that.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese and garlic powder.

Repeat starting with the layered noodles.

When you put your last(3rd row of noodles down, only finish it with sauce and mozzarella cheese).

Don’t use too much sauce throughout because it will get watery!!

Remember season to taste! Don’t be afraid to use extra spices! A little extra flavor never killed anyone. I use hardly any salt because

it’s bad for your blood pressure!!

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